John Berryman

(25 October 1914 - 7 January 1972 / McAlester, Oklahoma)

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  • ''The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.''
    John Berryman (1914-1972), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1976).
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Dream Song 99: Temples

He does not live here but it is the god.
A priest tools in a top his motorbike.
You do not enter.
Us the landscape circles hard abroad,
sunned, stone. Like calls, too low, to like.

One submachine-gun cleared the Durga Temple.

It is very dark here in this groping forth

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